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COPD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Juliana Tambellini University of Pittsburgh. COPD. C hronic O bstructive P ulmonary D isease A progressive disease that affects the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. COPD: an umbrella term.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Juliana Tambellini

University of Pittsburgh

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Aprogressive disease that affects the lungs, making it difficult to breathe
copd an umbrella term
COPD: an umbrella term
  • Umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases which include:
    • Emphysema
    • Chronic bronchitis
    • Refractory (irreversible) asthma
    • Severe bronchiectasis
other names for copd
Other names for COPD
  • Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COLD)
  • Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung ailment that is characterized by a persistent blockage of airflow from the lungs.
  • It is an under-diagnosed, life-threatening lung disease that interferes with normal breathing and is not fully reversible.
understanding copd
Understanding COPD
  • Critical to first understand normal lung function

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lung structure and function
Lung structure and function

“Biological Science Freeman”, 2010

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Lungs with copd

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  • Most cases of COPD occur as a result of long-term exposure to lung irritants that damage the lungs and the airways
  •  The most common irritant that causes COPD is cigarette smoke
  • In rare cases, a genetic condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency may play a role in causing COPD
who is at risk
Who is at risk?
  • People who smoke or are exposed to smoke
  • People who have a family history of COPD are more likely to develop the disease if they smoke
  • Long-term exposure to other lung irritants also is a risk factor for COPD
  • Almost 90% of COPD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where effective strategies for prevention and control are not always implemented or accessible.
  • breathlessness
  • abnormal sputum (a mix of saliva and mucus in the airway)
  • a chronic cough
  • daily activities can become very difficult as the condition gradually worsens
  • A simple diagnostic test called "spirometry“ measures how much air a person can inhale and exhale, and how fast air can move into and out of the lungs
  • Spirometry can detect

COPD long before its

Symptoms appear. 

  • COPD has no cure
  • Quitting smoking is the most important step an individual can take to treat COPD
  • Other treatments for COPD may include medicines, vaccines, pulmonary rehabilitation (rehab), oxygen therapy, and surgery
managing copd
Managing copd
  • COPD symptoms usually slowly worsen over time
  • A cold, the flu, or a lung infection may cause symptoms to intensify
  • Prescription antibiotics may treat infections and other medicines, such as bronchodilators and inhaled steroids, can help facilitate breathing
managing copd15
Managing COPD
  • Avoid lung irritants
  • Get ongoing care
  • Manage the disease and its symptoms
  • Prepare for emergencies
copd statistics
Copd: statistics
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) estimates that 12 million adults have COPD, and another 12 million are undiagnosed or developing COPD
  • Estimated that over 210 million people worldwide have COPD
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Copd: statistics
  • COPD cost the U.S. economy about $32.1 billion, in direct and indirect costs in 2002
  • A person with COPD dies every four minutes in the U.S
  • COPD will be the third leading cause of death in the U.S. by 2020
who response
Who response
  • Raise awareness about the global epidemic of chronic diseases
  • Create more healthy environments, especially for poor and disadvantaged populations
  • Decrease common chronic disease risk factors, such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity
  • Prevent premature deaths and avoidable disabilities from major chronic diseases
  • The World Health Organization

  • The COPD Foundation

  • The US Department of Health and Human Services

  • National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention